Attention tax

Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:32 pm
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Originally published at Novel Gazing Redux. You can comment here or there.

One of the things that has been making me furious about sexual harassment lately–secondary to all the other things that make me furious about it–is the attention tax it imposes on women. The time spent figuring out whether there’s enough evidence for us to be taken seriously this time, whether the people who were in the “surely you misinterpreted” and “that doesn’t mean what it blatantly means” camp last time will finally take us seriously, the time spent recovering from someone shouting in our faces and someone else grabbing our asses, the time sharing stories and pooling information and cleaning up messes and figuring out what to do, what we can do, what we have the power to do. That is time not spent on other things that are frankly a whole hell of a lot more interesting.

When it’s in convention terms, the time spent discussing who did what and what to do and letting the adrenaline settle and coping is time not spent on ideas for books and stories and where to go with them. It is very directly a tax on attention that could and should be going toward work. And it makes me exhausted and resentful, and then I try to corral my attention back to my work, because that is a far, far better place for it to be. I have directly observed that when I am at a con where people are dealing with an ongoing situation of this type, I come back with far, far less in the way of inspired notes for new projects–not just coming away drained instead of energized, but the specifics of what business are we doing here, where is our attention going.

I’m lucky. I know a lot of good men. I know a lot of good straight, white men. One of the benefits of this is that when a straight, white dude is an asshole, I am clear that it is artisanal assholery that he is hand-crafting by choice, not a trait he can’t avoid by his demographics. And a lot of good straight, white men have been stepping up to share the work of dealing with sexual harassment on a community level. I appreciate it. I do. But that is a choice they are making. Statistically, on average, the nonconsensual part, the part where you have to cope with the fallout of being harassed again, the part where it happens several times in a row and then it’s on your mind and you go into the next professional situation having to have a plan for how to cope–that’s a drain on your time and attention that you cannot have back, that other people can help with structurally but not in the moment. They can donate their time but not hand you back yours, not give you back those hours and days of working on the situation and processing and coping. It can happen to men. It does happen to men. And as one woman I know never loses an opportunity to point out, it does not happen to every woman. But statistically, on average, it is an attention tax that falls much, much more heavily on women, for things that we did not ask for and cannot change.

It’s not just sexual harassment. This is not the only attention tax, and I don’t mean to talk as though it is. Racist bullshit and the people who visit it upon people of color? That is, among other worse things, an attention tax on those people of color. Having to cope with accessibility issues and prejudice against the disabled? Attention tax. Homophobia and other forms of anti-queer assholery? Attention tax. Navigating the world while neurodiverse, even in ways that do not feel like a disability internally, among people who are going to be utter jerks to any hint of non-neurotypicality? Attention tax. And while I’ve talked about men and women above, the amount of attention tax that falls on gender-nonconforming and non-binary people gets mind-bogglingly larger the more gender-policing the subculture they’re interacting with gets. One of the fundamental questions is: how much jerkitude are people going to blithely shovel on you for being you and then skip along with their day, and how much will that pull away from the focus you need to do your stuff that you do.

Do I imagine I’m the first to observe this? Hardly. But “show don’t tell” is hardly new advice, either, and writers get blog posts out of that several times a year. What I’m saying to you is: this is affecting the work of people you know and care about. All the time. It doesn’t have to. It is literally all entirely voluntary. The thing I said above about artisanal bullshit: last month I got very tired of people saying “so that’s a thing that happened” when they were describing a choice someone made. So let’s not do that. Let’s not ascribe to fundamental forces things that are actual bad choices people are making.

And also: people who are doing work through all these attention taxes, who are managing to push it aside and fight their way through to focusing on making something awesome: I see you. I appreciate you. I’m sorry it’s like this. I keep hoping that some of the draining work will gain us some ground and it will be long-term less necessary. But in the meantime, thanks for clawing back some of your own in the face of it. It’s so hard, and it matters so much.

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Before major screenings at the Montreal-based Fantasia Festival, people meow. Yes, I mean that literally. As the lights go down, people make sounds that remind you of cats. There’s an occasional quiet dog and I even heard a sheep once. I asked a number of people about the origin of this ritual and no one knew. I heard variations on, “They’ve just been doing it forever. I’m not sure most people even know why they do it.” At first, I thought it was a bit silly, but I have to admit that I miss that silliness now that I’m back, closing out my coverage of the festival with this dispatch. It’s indicative of the atmosphere at FF, one that encourages a bit of unusual behavior. Go ahead and meow. No one’s gonna stop you.

Unusual behavior would be a polite way to describe what happens in Peter Ricq’s fun “Dead Shack,” a movie described as "'The Goonies' meets 'Night of the Living Dead.'" Sign me up. Ricq’s film is gloriously simple, never overcomplicating its concept, which is basically “teenagers vs. zombies.” Two teenagers are going with their dad and his girlfriend on a family trip to a remote cabin, and they bring along the boy teenager’s best friend, who happens to have a crush on the girl teenager. The “cool dad” and his always-annoyed girlfriend get drunk quickly, leaving the trio to explore the area, where they stumble upon a house owned by a woman credited only as “The Neighbour” (Lauren Holly). Things quickly go from interesting to terrifying when they watch her kill a couple of potential suitors and feed them to whatever she keeps in the basement.

“Dead Shack” is smarter than your average zom-com, and better cast. I’m a sucker for Camping Trips Gone Wrong films, and this one is a bit more ambitious than most as well, playing with concepts of 2017 Manliness (the “power five” is a plot point and the female teenager ends up being arguably the toughest). The film kind of misses the landing—it needed a stronger climax and a few more shocks before it wraps up—but it’s fun enough to find a genre crowd when it eventually lands in stateside theaters or on DVD.

Another film I suspect will find loyal fans stateside is Chris Peckover’s “Better Watch Out,” which makes its Canadian premiere next weekend at Fantasia but already played Fantastic Fest last year. Once called “Safe Neighborhood,” Peckover’s film plays more from that title—the idea that there are millions of suburbanites who believe their middle-class neighborhoods to be perfectly safe. A cute young pre-teen named Lucas, a nice house, parents played by Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton—what could possibly go wrong in a place like this? “Better Watch Out” first appears to be “Adventures in Babysitting meets The Strangers” but it becomes something very different and much, much darker.

Lucas (Levi Miller) is in love with his babysitter, the lovely Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), and he’s invited his friend Garrett (Ed Oxenbould, who co-starred with DeJonge in “The Visit”) over to help him finally woo the high school girl into his heart. Not long after Luke’s parents leave, something appears to be wrong. The phone line is cut, the wifi doesn’t work, and there’s someone outside. What first looks like a traditional home invasion flick takes a sharp turn that you should try to keep as unspoiled as possible. I certainly didn’t see it coming, and props to Peckover for surprising even a cynical film critic who has reviewed two dozen genre films in the last week. The cast here is strong and Peckover knows how to pace his film, but horror-comedy this pitch-black can be really tough to pull off and he doesn’t quite find the tonal balance in the second half. I will say that it’s a movie I suspect people will like quite a bit when they get a chance to see it, I just wish I connected with it more on a visceral level than one of admiring the effort.

I had a similar response to Cho Sun-ho’s “A Day,” my final film for Fantasia 2017. From a country whose film industry I clearly love, South Korea, comes the latest riff on “Groundhog Day” (and who would have guessed this would have become a subgenre). World-famous surgeon Jun-young (Kim Myung-min) is returning from an important business trip, planning to see his daughter Eun-jung (Jo Eun-hyung) when he gets off the plane. On his way from the airport to meet her, he passes a car accident. He stops to help, only then realizing that the body in the crosswalk is his daughter’s. And then he wakes up on the plane again. Over and over, he tries to stop the accident from happening, and then he realizes that he’s not the only one reliving that day. So is the ambulance driver Min-chul (Byun Yo-han), who also loses someone over and over again on this fateful day. Can they work together to stop whatever is happening to them and save their loved ones?

It’s an undeniably clever idea to transport the structure of something like “Groundhog Day” to a thriller concept but “A Day” gets weighed down in melodrama as more and more of its secrets are revealed. Believe it or not, it’s too complicated, bringing in elements from the pasts and personal lives of both men, and even turning into something of a vengeance thriller. And Cho isn’t skilled enough with character to make us care about the doctor, the driver, and the rest of these people as more than cogs in his high-concept machine. It’s far from a complete disaster, but “A Day” takes a great idea places it doesn’t really need to go. Still, I love seeing these kind of ideas get a platform like Fantasia Festival. Ambition, diversity and high concepts like this one are why this event seems to matter more and more every year. I look forward to returning next year. And I’m working on my cat sounds.


Unmasking Slurs

Jul. 23rd, 2017 01:36 am
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Posted by Geoff Nunberg

I'm sympathetic to many of the arguments offered in a guest post by Robert Henderson, Peter Klecha, and Eric McCready (HK&M) in response to Geoff Pullum's post on "nigger in the woodpile," no doubt because they are sympathetic to some of the things I said in my reply to Geoff. But I have to object when they scold me for spelling out the word nigger rather than rendering it as n****r. It seems to me that "masking" the letters of slurs with devices such as this is an unwise practice—it reflects a misunderstanding of the taboos surrounding these words, it impedes serious discussion of their features, and most important, it inadvertently creates an impression that works to the advantage of certain racist ideologies. I have to add that it strikes me that HK&M's arguments, like a good part of the linguistic and philosophical literature on slurs, suffer from a certain narrowness of focus, a neglect both of the facts of actual usage of these words and the complicated discourses that they evoke. So, are you sitting comfortably?

HK&M say of nigger (or as they style it, n****r):

The word literally has as part of its semantic content an expression of racial hate, and its history has made that content unavoidably salient. It is that content, and that history, that gives this word (and other slurs) its power over and above other taboo expressions. It is for this reason that the word is literally unutterable for many people, and why we (who are white, not a part of the group that is victimized by the word in question) avoid it here.

Yes, even here on Language Log. There seems to be an unfortunate attitude — even among those whose views on slurs are otherwise similar to our own — that we as linguists are somehow exceptions to the facts surrounding slurs discussed in this post. In Geoffrey Nunberg’s otherwise commendable post on July 13, for example, he continues to mention the slur (quite abundantly), despite acknowledging the hurt it can cause. We think this is a mistake. We are not special; our community includes members of oppressed groups (though not nearly enough of them), and the rest of us ought to respect and show courtesy to them.

This position is a version of the doctrine that Luvell Anderson and Ernie Lepore call "silentism" (see also here). It accords with the widespread view that the word nigger is phonetically toxic: simply to pronounce it is to activate it, and it isn’t detoxified by placing it in quotation marks or other devices that indicate that the word is being mentioned rather than used, even written news reports or scholarly discussions. In that way, nigger and words like it seem to resemble strong vulgarities. Toxicity, that is, is a property that’s attached to the act of pronouncing a certain phonetic shape, rather than to an act of assertion, which is why some people are disconcerted when all or part of the word appears as a segment of other words, as in niggardly or even denigrate.

Are Slurs Nondiplaceable?

This is, as I say, a widespread view, and HK&M apparently hold that that is reason enough to avoid the unmasked utterance of the word (written or spoken), simply out of courtesy. It doesn't matter whether the insistence on categorial avoidance reflects only the fact that “People have had a hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that referring to the word is not the same as using it,” as John McWhorter puts it—people simply don't like to hear it spoken or see it written, so just don't.

But HK&M also suggest that the taboo on mentioning slurs has a linguistic basis:

There is a consensus in the semantic/pragmatic and philosophical literature on the topic that slurs aggressively attach to the speaker, committing them to a racist attitude even in embedded contexts. Consider embedded slurs; imagine Ron Weasley says “Draco thought that Harry was a mudblood”, where attributing the thought to Draco isn’t enough to absolve Ron of expressing the attitudes associated with the slur. Indeed, even mentioning slurs is fraught territory, which is why the authors of most papers on these issues are careful to distance themselves from the content expressed.

The idea here is that slurs, like other expressives, are always speaker-oriented. A number of semanticists have made this claim, but always on the basis of intuitions about spare constructed examples—in the present case, one involving an imaginary slur: “imagine Ron Weasley says “Draco thought that Harry was a mudblood.” This is always a risky method in getting at the features of socially charged words, and particularly with these, since most of the people who write about slurs are not native speakers of them, and their intutions are apt to be shaped by their preconceptions. The fact is that people routinely produce sentences in which the attitudes implicit in a slur are attributed to someone other than the speaker. The playwright Harvey Fierstein produced a crisp example on MSNBC, “Everybody loves to hate a homo.” Here are some others:

In fact We lived, in that time, in a world of enemies, of course… but beyond enemies there were the Micks, and the spics, and the wops, and the fuzzy-wuzzies. A whole world of people not us… (edwardsfrostings.com)

So white people were given their own bathrooms, their own water fountains. You didn’t have to ride on public conveyances with niggers anymore. These uncivilized jungle bunnies, darkies.…You had your own cemetery. The niggers will have theirs over there, and everything will be just fine. (Ron Daniels in Race and Resistance: African Americans in the 21st Century)

All Alabama governors do enjoy to troll fags and lesbians as both white and black Alabamians agree that homos piss off the almighty God. (Encyclopedia Dramatica)

[Marcus Bachmann] also called for more funding of cancer and Alzheimer’s research, probably cuz all those homos get all the money now for all that AIDS research. (Maxdad.com)

And needless to say, slurs are not speaker-oriented when they're quoted. When the New York Times reports that “Kaepernick was called a nigger on social media,” no one would assume that the Times endorses the attitudes that the word conveys.

I make this point not so much because it's important here, but because it demonstrates the perils of analyzing slurs without actually looking at how people use them or regard them—a point I'll come back to in a moment.

Toxicity in Speech and Writing

The assimilation of slurs to vulgarities obscures several important differences between the two. For one thing, mentioning slurs is less offensive in writing than in speech. That makes slurs different from vulgarisms like fucking. The New York Times has printed the latter word only twice, most recently in its page one report of Trump’s Access Hollywood tapes. But it has printed nigger any number http://tinyurl.com/ycn9sytp of times (though in recent years it tends to avoid the word in headlines):

The rhymes include the one beginning, “Eeny, meeny, miney mo, catch a nigger by the toe,” and another one that begins, “Ten little niggers …” May 8, 2014 

The Word 'Nigger' Is Part of Our Lexicon Jan. 8, 2011

I live in a city where I probably hear the word “nigger” 50 times a day from people of all colors and ages… Jan 6, 2011

In fan enclaves across the web, a subset of Fifth Harmony followers called Ms. Kordei “Normonkey,” “coon,” and “nigger” Aug 12, 2016

 Gwen [Ifil] came to work one day to find a note in her work space that read “Nigger, go home. Nov. 11, 2016

By contrast, the word is almost never heard in broadcast or free cable (when it does occur, e.g., in a recording, it is invariably bleeped). When I did a Nexis search several years ago on broadcast and cable news transcripts for the year 2012, I found it had been spoken only three times, in each instance by blacks recalling the insults they endured in their childhoods.

To HK&M, this might suggest only that the Times is showing insufficient courtesy to African Americans by printing nigger in full. And it's true that other media are more scrupulous about masking the word than the Times is, notably the New York Post and Fox News and its outlets:

Walmart was in hot water on Monday morning after a product’s description of “N___ Brown” was found on their website. Fox32news, 2027

After Thurston intervened, Artiles continued on and blamed "six n——" for letting Negron rise to power. Fox13news.com, April 19, 2017

In a 2007 encounter with his best friend’s wife, Hogan unleashed an ugly tirade about his daughter Brooke’s black boyfriend.“I mean, I’d rather if she was going to f–k some n—-r, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall n—-r worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. F—ing n—-r,” Hogan said, according to a transcript of the recording. New York Post May 2, 2016

"Racism, we are not cured of it," Obama said. "And it's not just a matter of it not being polite to say n***** in public." Foxnews.com June 22, 2015

One might conclude from this, following HK&M's line of argument, that the New York Post and Fox News are demonstrating a greater degree of racial sensitivity than the Times. Still, given the ideological bent of these outlets, one might also suspect that masking is doing a different kind of social work.

Slurs in Scholarship

As an aside, I should note that the deficiencies of the masking approach are even more obvious when we turn to the mention of these words in linguistic or philosophical discussions of slurs and derogative terms, which often involve numerous mentions of a variety of terms. In my forthcoming paper “The Social Life of Slurs,” I discuss dozens of derogative terms, including not just racial, religious, and ethnic slurs, but political derogatives (libtard, commie), geographical derogations (cracker, It. terrone), and derogations involving disability (cripple, spazz, retard), class (pleb, redneck), sexual orientation (faggot, queer, poofter), and nonconforming gender (tranny). I'm not sure how HK&M would suggest I decide which of these called out for masking with asterisks—just the prototypical ones like nigger and spic, or others that may no less offensive to the targeted group? Cast the net narrowly and you seem to be singling out certain forms of bigotry for special attention; cast it widely and the texts starts to look circus poster. Better to assume that the readers of linguistics and philosophy journals—and linguistics blogs—are adult enough to deal with the unexpurgated forms.

What's Wrong with Masking?

The unspoken assumption behind masking taboo words is that they’re invested with magical powers—like a conjuror’s spell, they are inefficacious unless they are pronounced or written just so. This is how we often think of vulgarisms of course—that writing fuck as f*ck or fug somehow denatures it, even though the reader knows perfectly well what the word is. That's what has led a lot of people in recent years to assimilate racial slurs to vulgarisims—referring to them with the same kind of initialized euphemism used for shit and fuck and describing them with terms like “obscenity” and “curse word” with no sense of speaking figuratively.

But the two cases are very different. Vulgarities rely for their effect on a systematic hypocrisy: we officially stigmatize them in order to preserve their force when they are used transgressively. (Learning to swear involves both being told to avoid the words and hearing them used, ideally by the same people.) But that’s exactly the effect that we want to avoid with slurs: we don’t want their utterers to experience the flush of guilty pleasure or the sense of complicity that comes of violating a rule of propriety—we don't want people ever to use the words, or even think them. Yet that has been one pernicious effect of the toxification of certain words.

It should give us pause to realize that the assimilation of nigger to naughty words has been embraced not just by many African Americans, but also by a large segment of the cultural and political right. Recall the reactions when President Obama remarked in an interview with Mark Maron’s WTF podcast that curing racism was “not just a matter of it not being polite to say ‘nigger’ in public.” Some African Americans were unhappy with the remark—the president of the Urban League said the word "ought to be retired from the English language." Others thought it was appropriate.

But the response from many on the right was telling. They, too, disapproved of Obama’s use of the word, but only it betrayed his crudeness. A commentator on Fox News wrote:

And then there's the guy who runs the "WTF" podcast — an acronym for a word I am not allowed to write on this website. President Obama agreed to a podcast interview with comedian Marc Maron — a podcast host known for his crude language. But who knew the leader of the free world would be more crude than the host?

The Fox News host, Elisabeth Hasselbeck also referenced the name of Maron’s podcast and said, http://www.rawstory.com/?p=714752

“I think many people are wondering if it’s only there that he would say it, and not, perhaps, in a State of the Union or more public address.

Also on Fox News, the conservative African American columnist Deneen Borelli said, that Obama “has really dragged in the gutter speak of rap music. So now he is the first president of rap, of street?”

It’s presumably not an accident that Fox News’s online reports of this story all render nigger as n****r. It reflects the "naughty word" understanding of the taboo that led members of a fraternity at the University of Oklahoma riding on a charter bus to chant “There will never be a nigger at SAE/You can hang him from a tree, but he'll never sign with me,” with the same gusto that male college students of my generation would have brought to a sing-along of “Barnacle Bill the Sailor.”

That understanding of nigger as a dirty word also figures in the rhetorical move that some on the right have made, in shifting blame for the usage from white racists to black hip hop artists—taking the reclaimed use of the word as a model for white use. That in turn enables them to assimilate nigger — which they rarely distinguish from nigga— to the vulgarities that proliferate in hip hop. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe blamed http://tinyurl.com/ybx9k2e7 the Oklahoma incident on hip hop, citing the songs of Waka Flocka Flame, who had canceled a concert at the university; as Brzesinsky put it:

If you look at every single song, I guess you call these, that he’s written, it’s a bunch of garbage. It’s full of n-words, it’s full of f-words. It’s wrong. And he shouldn’t be disgusted with them, he should be disgusted with himself.

On the same broadcast, Bill Kristol added that “popular culture has become a cesspool,” again subsuming the use of racist slurs, via hip hop, under the heading of vulgarity and obscentity in general.

I don’t mean to suggest that Brzezinski, Scarborough and Kristol aren’t genuinely distressed by the use of racial slurs (I have my doubts about some of the Fox News hosts). But for the respectable sectors of cultural right—I mean as opposed to the unreconstructed bigots who have no qualms about using nigger at Trump rallies or on Reddit forums—the essential problem with powerful slurs is that they’re vulgar and coarse, and only secondarily that they’re the instruments of social oppression. And the insistence on categorically avoiding unmasked mentions of the words is very easy to interpret as supporting that view. In a way, it takes us back to the disdain for the word among genteel nineteenth-century Northerners. A contributor to an 1894 number of the Century Magazine wrote that “An American feels something vulgar in the word ‘nigger’. A ‘half-cut’ [semi-genteel] American, though he might use it in speech, would hardly print it.” And a widely repeated anecdote had William Seward saying of Stephen Douglas that the American people would never elect as president “[a] man who spells negro with two g’s,” since “the people always mean to elect a gentleman for president.” (That expression, "spelling negro with two g's" was popular at the time, a mid-nineteenth-century equivalent to the form n*****r.)

This all calls for care, of course. There are certainly contexts in which writing nigger in full is unwise. But in serious written discussions of slurs and their use, we ought to be able to spell the words out, in the reasonable expectation that our readers will discern our purpose.

As John McWhorter put this point in connection with the remarks Obama made on the Mark Maron podcast:

Obama should not have to say “the N-word” when referring to the word, and I’m glad he didn’t. Whites shouldn’t have to either, if you ask me. I am now old enough to remember when the euphemism had yet to catch on. In a thoroughly enlightened 1990s journalistic culture, one could still say the whole word when talking about it.… What have we gained since then in barring people from ever uttering the word even to discuss it—other than a fake, ticklish nicety that seems almost designed to create misunderstandings?

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Having seen Angels in America live (Boston, November 1995, first national tour) and on screen, this Thursday I split the difference and saw the currently-running London production on tape-delay live-stream in a movie theater. (Part one, that is; part two is this Thursday.) I don't love it but it's interesting to see the staging. Also Kushner has, per the intro to the combined ebook version I have but hadn't read until now, made unspecified changes to part two, so I will be reading that before Thursday so I won't be distracted while watching. (While I only skimmed part one, the only difference I saw between the text and this production was the dropping of the homeless woman's jokes.)

Here are some notes, cut for spoilers and lack of interest: )

There are various encore presentations going to be happening, if you missed this and are interested.

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I want very much to respond to comments on some fics that are still anonymous. I could respond anonymously, but reveals are tomorrow, and I'd rather respond as myself. I've gotten recipient comments on four of the five stories, and the fifth person hasn't responded to any of the three stories they got but appears to have been prompt about responding to past gifts, so I'm assuming some sort of offline life thing has happened.

We're on our way home from Scott's parents' place now. If we weren't, I'd start the next story with a due date.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 01:56 am
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http://www.tor.com/2017/07/22/new-trailer-for-thor-ragnarok-gives-us-more-hulk-and-more-loki-and-more-everything-good-in-this-universe/

http://www.tor.com/?p=282225

Thor: Ragnarok, second trailer

Is it November, is it November PLEASE can we have Thor: Ragnarok if we are very, very good and eat our vegetables?

We promise.

Here is the latest trailer from Thor: Ragnarok, and we’ll be over here in the corner losing our minds.

IT IS EVERYTHING WE EVER WANTED.

And if you would like bit more information from San Diego Comic Con, we invite you to look below…

[Some light spoilers for the upcoming Thor film.]

According to Marvel’s Saturday night panel, we know a few things about where the characters are at currently:

  • Chris Hemsworth referred to this period as Thor’s “midlife crisis.”
  • Loki has been pretending to be Odin for four solid years before arriving at his place in this story. So he’s had an interesting time of things. According to Hiddleston, “Loki has directed just about all his energies in narcissistic endeavours.” And that could mean just about anything….
  • Hulk has been spending more time away from his Bruce Banner human form, and that leads to a version of Hulk that can speak and interact as the big green guy better than before. He has been working that gladiator ring for quite a while: “He’s a little perma-Hulked. Because he has been the Hulk for two years now, he has the vocabulary of a two-year old.”

And here is the final poster:

Thor: Ragnarok, poster

Please give us our fancy new Thor movie. We won’t even complain about his short hair.

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The Flash season 4 teaser trailer SDCC 2017

While the San Diego Comic-Con teaser for The Flash doesn’t tell us too much about season 4, it centers on a very arresting visual: Iris West, Dr. Caitlin Snow, and Cisco Ramon trying to get a lock on Barry Allen, a.k.a. the Flash. Which would be difficult enough considering his super speed, but there’s also the matter of him being in Speed Force Prison.

The teaser mostly focuses on Iris, coping with Barry’s departure and trying to stay strong, as he had urged her. But when the rest of their friends devise a way to bring him back… well, it seems no one can resist trying to catch the Flash:

The Flash season 4 premieres October 10 on The CW.

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Entertainment Weekly Executive Editor Dalton Ross moderated a panel for Syfy’s The Expanse at San Diego Comic-Con, with actors Stephen Strait, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Cas Anvar, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, and Executive Producer Mark Fergus. The conversation ranged from love to war, and they announced a new cast member! Elizabeth Mitchell, late of Lost, V, and Once Upon a Time, will join the cast and bring a “spiritual perspective” to the series.

Click through for more highlights from the panel!

They dug straight into the important question: what’s next for Naomi and Holden? But it sounds like Season Three sees even more bumps in the road to true, interstellar love.

Asked about Bobbie’s treason against Mars, Frankie Adams chooses to look on the bright side. “It’s not so bad…I get to hang out with Avasarala.” She also shared that her suit weighs over 60s lbs, which only makes sense given the Martian atmosphere.

But for larger concepts, Wes Chatham proposes that the series true villain is “human pride.” When asked which character he’d play if he couldn’t be Amos, Chatham left humanity behind entirely: “The protomolecule monster—he had a great story arc.”

Asked the same question, Stephen Strait went full Holden by lunging for our heartstrings: “I’d definitely play Joe Miller,” which drew applause and cheers from the crowd.

But it wasn’t all fun and games! When a fan asked them all to choose one crewmember to push out of the airlock, all of the Roci family yelled “Naomi!”

Awww…

And after she was the one who led them to victory over the Expanse-themed Escape The Room SDCC is hosting?

Finally, Executive Producer Mark Fergus promised that things were going to kick into another gear in this season: “We’ve been talking about war for a couple years, but now, here comes war.”

Well this bodes well…you can read more about Mitchell’s new role in The Expanse over at EW—who do you think she’ll be playing?

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 01:06 am
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Michelle is joining the MCU in Ant-Man and the Wasp and will be playing Janet Van Dyne. Laurence Fishburne has also joined the cast as Bill Foster. Hannah John-Kamen is Ghost, a villain. Walter Goggins' role is unknown.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:56 am
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http://www.tor.com/2017/07/22/westworld-season-2-teaser-trailer-sdcc-2017/

http://www.tor.com/?p=282229

Westworld season 2 teaser Dolores Wyatt

The hosts have taken over the park in the first teaser for the second season of HBO’s Westworld. Despite being in production for only about a week, the network brought some footage to San Diego Comic-Con in the form of this darkly funny little teaser.

There are some striking visuals here, like the blood on the player piano, the dead tiger (??), and Dolores on a murder spree.

Though Westworld made headlines for its co-creator Jonathan Nolan claiming they’d already plotted out five seasons before the series premiere even aired, perhaps the HBO series will have a shorter lifespan. Talking at the San Diego Comic-Con panel about humanity’s ever-evolving relationship with artificial intelligence in the present, Nolan said, “The more we think about these questions, the more it feels like your mind is turning inside out. So it might be best for us after doing this for a little longer that we all just mutually agree to stop.”

Then again, he followed that up by saying, “I’ve concluded we must be in a simulation of some kind. I just did a tequila shot with Ed Harris at Comic-Con,” so grain of salt and all that.

Nolan and co-creator Lisa Joy teased some season 2 mysteries in a separate interview, including Maeve’s next steps and expanding the scope of the series to focus on the “world” in Westworld—that is, the outside world.

Other highlights from the panel:

  • Lisa Joy played Red Dead Redemption as research for Westworld. Yep, checks out.
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  • Jeffrey Wright joked that he went on Reddit to find out who Bernard was. As for season 2? “I’m still learning exactly who Bernard is,” he said, sounding very much like the character. “Join me.”
  • On actresses’ difficulties in finding multidimensional roles, Evan Rachel Wood said, “As a woman you sometimes feel your wings are clipped in being represented. This felt like having fucking condor wings.”
  • When asked about which was his favorite death, James Marsden responded, “They’re like my children. I love all my deaths equally.”
  • Will samurais play a role in season 2? Nolan sounded dismissive (or was he?): “It doesn’t seem like that to me.”
  • The long-term plan? Transition into an actual theme park where fans are the stars, Nolan joked.

Westworld season 2 premieres sometime in 2018.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:49 am
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Kim Engelbrecht will play The Mechanic, Thinker's right-hand woman.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:48 am
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- Caitlyn posted a pic with Steven Tyler on Instagram. Writes caption saying “Dude Looks Like a Lady” is favorite song.
- Says song is especially meaningful and a personal anthem
- Caitlin is being called irresponsible for the statement on Twitter because of implications of the lyrics

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:46 am
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Posted by reluctantlylove



What seemed like a minor, botched break in at the DNC headquarters ultimately became one of the biggest political scandals in the history of the United States. A coverup that involved the POTUS and U.S. Intelligence agencies, two small time reporters in Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the scandal wide open. There are a few similarities between Watergate and Russialago. While our current scandal is 1,000 times worse, here's a look back at the film "All The President's Men" in the midst of our current constitutional crisis #Russialago.

1. The Washington Post almost scraped the work of Woodward and Bernstein.
Editors wanted to give the story to big time reporters because Woodward had only been working there nine months. There was also a fear of being in danger as many were not reporting on it and White House staffers called the story a "compulsion". It is something that is also happening today in which anything anti-Trump is being dubbed "fake news" and a "witch hunt" by the president himself.

2. Woodward and Mark Felt aka Deep Throat
Woodward had used Mark Felt as an anonymous source in the past and contacted him regarding Watergate. The two constantly met up in a parking garage late at night and used the New York Times newspaper as a way to communicate out of fear of being watched. Woodward and Bernstein run into some trouble after Hugh Sloan denies testifying against Haldeman, Nixon's chief of staff, despite previously saying yes to the two men. Felt later confirms that they were right and Haldeman masterminded the break in. Felt also warns Woodward later on that he and others are being watched and their homes have been bugged.

3. The U.S. Intelligence agencies and President Nixon were part of the cover up
The cover up was less about the slush fund and more about hiding the covert operations of the entire U.S. intelligence committee. Nixon was a knowing participant and agreed to the entire operation. And much like Nixon, it is quite obvious that the current President was well aware that his campaign colluded with Russia to defeat HRC.

4. Attacks on the media
45 years after Watergate, Redford wrote a op-ed for the WaPo. Redford states that the truth is in danger again. Redford goes on to say that much of the country is divided along with Congress. He also states that, like Nixon, Trump consistently attacks the media in order to cast doubt on their legitimacy.

5. "These are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand"
The President's men were are not the smartest and the cover up was messy. No one taught them that you never leave a paper trail. This is one of the other similarities between the two scandals, this administration isn't filled with the smartest people you will ever meet. Don Jr released his own emails and basically outed himself in the subject line while you have lawyers checking in on social media when they are about to head into covert meetings.

6. Robert Redford's influence on the book
Robert Redford overheard about the break in while promoting his film "The Candidate". He became fascinated with the story and followed the work of Woodward and Bernstein. He tried to get in contact with the two journalists to buy the rights and they thought it was a prank by the Nixon administration. Woodward and Bernstein were still working on the story as it was still unfolding. Redford impacted the book by telling the two to lay the story out piece by piece instead of writing about what was discovered.

7. They found a conscience

The story unfolded over the course of 26 months while this scandal feels like it's been 84 years. Eventually, the country was put before party and both congressional Democrats and Republicans got together. Due to politicians actually doing their job, Nixon resigned even though he initially refused to. The Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General resigned over Nixon's request to fire the special prosecutor.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:44 am
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http://file770.com/?p=36515

CBS All Access has dropped another trailer for Star Trek: Discovery, which premieres September 24.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:43 am
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http://www.tor.com/2017/07/22/legends-of-tomorrow-releases-season-3-trailer-and-expert-titanic-joke/

http://www.tor.com/?p=282239

Legends of Tomorrow trailer, season 3

Legends of Tomorrow released their Season 3 sneak peek at San Diego Comic Con, and it looks like their most fun season yet. Which is saying something, as the last two were pretty darn fun.

But our favorite part is an expertly placed Titanic joke. See below:

See? Because Victor Garber was in Titanic and he played the guy who… you know what, never mind.

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Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:22 am
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Meredith Graves chats with Flying Lotus on his first feature film, 'Kuso', and why film critics are labeling it as one of the grossest horror movies of all time.



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Jul. 22nd, 2017 11:56 pm
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Posted by tordotcom

http://www.tor.com/2017/07/22/supergirl-season-3-trailer-sdcc-2017/

http://www.tor.com/?p=282216

Supergirl season 3 trailer SDCC 2017

“If the theme of season 2 was ‘can Kara and Supergirl have it all,'” new Supergirl showrunner Jessica Queller said at the San Diego Comic-Con panel, “then the theme of season 3 is ‘what does it mean to be human?’ All of the characters will be exploring that question, especially Kara.”

The tension between human and alien certainly seems to be coming to a head for Kara, who is heard intoning over the new trailer that “Kara Danvers was a mistake.”

The Hollywood Reporter has a full writeup of the panel, including intel on new characters: Ruthless real estate developer Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar), who pits himself against Lena Luthor; M’yrnn J’onnz (Carl Lumbly), a.k.a. J’onn J’onnz’s father; Psi (Yael Grobglas), a psychic who can harness people’s minds; and Ruby (Emma Tremblay), a kid who teams up with Supergirl and oh no that can’t end well, can it.

Watch the official trailer:

Queller also answered fans’ burning questions about Sanvers (a.k.a. Maggie/Alex): “I think most of you know that Floriana [Lima] is not able to return for the full season, which was a great disappointment to us. But that said, we have an amazing, beautiful story to tell in her remaining episodes that is emotional and modern and really honors the love between these two women, and she is always welcome to come back to our show whenever she is available. We love Maggie, we love Sanvers, and we are devoted to them forever.”

Supergirl returns October 9.

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